S. Georgia physicians give distracted driving warning
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Albany trauma specialist
say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of
those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message
in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.
A quick glance at your
phone, turning for a brief moment to yell at the kids, grabbing a bite to eat
or even holding a heated conversation while you're driving can put your life in
"You have to try to
be alert and vigilant as possible and part of that is going to be defensive
driving," said emergency room physician Ian Munro.
As part of the 25th
National Trauma Awareness Month, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is emphasizing
the dangers of driving while distracted.
"We want to save a life;
we want people to get to their destination safely. We want them to return back to friends and
family the next day," said Brandy Holton manager of the trauma center program.
The problem is people tend
to think that they will be the exception, but the number of injuries and deaths
caused by distracted driving is on the rise.
"They come in, adults
and children with various injuries, some of them unfortunately are life
threatening," said Munro.
Dougherty County Police Captain
Tom Jackson says that distracted driving adds yet another danger to traveling
during the upcoming Memorial weekend.
"Drinking is one of
the problems, maybe even consuming illegal drugs and now on top of that you
have to add distractions inside of your vehicle," said Jackson.
Remember no one is
invincible! When you're behind the wheel, anything thing that takes the focus
off of driving can wait.
Texting while driving is
illegal in Georgia. If law enforcers believe
texting contributed to a crash, they can subpoena phone records to prove it.